Yzerfontein walk about

In June, after I had refurbished my little Sprite caravan and before setting off on the first part of my west coast journey, I spent a week at Yzerfontein to make sure that I could cope on my own and that I would enjoy doing it.

Yzerfontein is about 80 km’s from Cape Town and  over the years I had probably driven past at least 10 times and not turned off the high way to have a look round. I had been there once before with my parents as a child and did not remember it at all.

On a clear day you can see forever.
On a clear day you can see forever.

This is a shot of Cape Town’s Table Mountain taken from Yzerfontein.

This  seaside village is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, including the pristine 16-Mile Beach which stretches north to Postberg Nature reserve near Langebaan and  the main beach has been awarded  blue flag status.

Yzerfontein main beach.
Yzerfontein main beach.

Laid out and developed in 1936 by a gentleman by the name of Abraham Katz, Yzerfontein is a popular week-end and holiday resort and has quite a few retired folk living there permanently. There is plenty to do apart from the swimming, surfing, boating and just lazing in the sun.

Father and son enjoying some rock fishing.
Father and son enjoying some rock fishing.

Whales
Whales

In spring the bay is the  destination for not only dolphins but also Southern Right and Humpbacked whales as they arrive to calve and one can watch from various elevated vantage points when they come close inshore. There are some spectacular displays of wild flowers, bird watching, hiking and Yzerfontein is renowned for its sea food. Snoek, crayfish and perlemoen are available, in season, at some of the restaurants in the village.

Snoek fishermen hitching up in the harbour after a long day on the water.
Snoek fishermen hitching up in the harbour after a long day on the water.

What  struck me as I wondered round the village was the amount of really posh looking houses that have been built as holiday homes and some that, in spite of the economy, were still being built.

Some of the houses accross the bay in the older part of Yzerfontein.
Some of the houses across the bay in the older part of Yzerfontein.

If this is the holiday home I would love to see the residential home.

If this is the holiday home I would love to see the residential home.

A house in the newer section to the south up for sale for R5,000.000
A house in the newer section to the south up for sale at R5,000.000

Walking trail along the coast.
Walking trail along the coast.
You can run into some interesting animals as you walk. I am pretty sure that is a Dassie.
You can run into some interesting animals as you walk. I am pretty sure that is a Dassie.
The beach at the newer part of Yzerfontein.
The beach at the newer part of Yzerfontein.

Cute hey!

Cute hey!

All in all I loved Yzerfontein and if I was asked to pick a place where I would like to stay on the west coast this would be it. I loved Kleinzee and Hondeklipbaai but for me they are just too far from Cape Town whereas from here you can be in central Cape Town within an hour.

I am going to do another post about Yzerfontein as I met some  interesting people involved in the snoek fishing industry and got some really good  photos.

10 Comments

  1. Chris M on September 21st, 2009

    I love Yzerfontein, it’s one of the holiday locations I’m more familiar with and have spent a lot of time there. Fiona and I have friends with a gorgeous holiday house, so we try and frequent as often as possible. That R5mil house looks amazing – Last year, a group of 14 of us rented a house, along the coast in Yzers, the house was valued right up at R10mil, it was like being a celebrity for a few days – heated pools, 2 lounges, LCD TVs in all rooms, was incredible.

    Looking at these photos makes me want to head on over for a couple days!

  2. justBcoz on September 21st, 2009

    I went to Yzerfontein last year for a weekend and I absolutely loved it! It certainly is a very special place. Most of the holiday accommodation there offers extremely good value for money, the locals are very friendly and it’s just far enough away from Cape Town to feel like you’re really getting away.

  3. pbdphoto on September 21st, 2009

    @Chris M @justBcoz It is a special place for sure. I am going to go back there for a few days in October when I work my way back from Veddrift.

  4. Jacques on September 21st, 2009

    One of those sleepy little gems. Been there about 2 years back and on my itinerary next time. Will never be able to lube there though. The pace is to relax for a guy from Pretoria

  5. pbdphoto on September 21st, 2009

    @Jacques I have spent my working life avoiding Pretoria & Johannesburg. I work to live and not live to work. Give me the sea any time.

  6. Hanlie on September 22nd, 2009

    It’s amazing how much Yzerfontein has grown over the last 10-15 years! And as you say, the holiday homes are not shacks!

  7. Mike Doran on October 2nd, 2009

    Hello Pat,

    Funny.. I was looking for articles about fishing when I came across this site with your photography. Nice to see you have not lost your touch!

    Both my sons are professional fisherman, but fish for tuna out of Hout bay, and of course I am a keen angler as well and do most of my fishing from a fishing kayak these days.

    Keep well,
    Regards, Mike

  8. pbdphoto on October 2nd, 2009

    Hi Mike Thanks for dropping by. I am hoping that when I continue my journey to do a lot more fishing. The weather and massive seas did not really make it to pleasant last time out.

  9. Sb on March 4th, 2010

    Not everybody are Millionares . Not in South Africa !!

  10. willem on November 24th, 2010

    Hi thanks for such an informative site,going caravaning in Yzerfontein for the first time next year end of feb to middle March hope fishing is good .



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